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Review: Kamelot – Haven

Review: Kamelot – Haven

Kamelot’s eleventh opus is a magnificent, if sometimes indiscernible, soundscape, blending relentless drumming with gorgeous guitar melodies (courtesy of founder Thomas Youngblood) and the impressive vocals of more recent addition Tommy Karevik. The disc also features some standout guest spots: Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz electrifies “Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy),” while the exquisite “Under Grey Skies” […]

Review: Night Riots – Howl

Review: Night Riots – Howl

California emo-pop startups Night Riots pine and pulsate throughout their six-song ‘Howl’ EP. Eardrum-infesting single “Contagious” conjures a nostalgic new wave atmosphere, while frontman Travis Hawley’s tortured croon impressively integrates the soaring approach of Bono with the vulnerability of the The Cure’s Robert Smith. But there are blemishes poking through the glittery retro sheen: The […]

Review: Nonpoint — The Return

Review: Nonpoint — The Return

Nonpoint’s eighth studio album abides by the Florida numetallers’ tried-and true formula and is unlikely to convert new fans. The band’s 17-years experience in crafting catchy choruses is on display on undeniably hooky tracks such as “Widowmaker,” and Robb Rivera’s thunderous drumming helps to make otherwise standard nu-metal songs feel fresh. However, most of the […]

Review: Ill Niño — Till Death, La Familia

Review: Ill Niño — Till Death, La Familia

After a few shaky records, Latin metal kings Ill Niño’s seventh album is a refreshingly melodic and undeniably brutal one. Each band member comes through, from Cristian Machado, who croons and howls his heart out, to Ahrue Luster, who lays down fiery lead guitar work, to the rhythm section, which delivers the sort of ‘Roots’-rocking […]

Review: Black Label Society — Catacombs of the Black Vatican

Review: Black Label Society — Catacombs of the Black Vatican

Hirsute heavy-metal berserker Zakk Wylde’s first studio album in four years is earth-quaking enough to raise the dead from their own catacombs. A full-blooded Black Label Society album, it’s honest, heavy, and kissed by hellfire. Through standout tracks like the roaring “Heart of Darkness” to the tender “Shades of Gray,” Wylde shines with his always-pyrotechnic […]

Review: Steel Panther – Balls Out

Review: Steel Panther – Balls Out

Crude, rude, filthy, and more infectious than a bad case of herpes–that sums up Balls Out, the new record from Hollywood’s Steel Panther. After their breakout debut album, the self-professed legends of the Sunset Strip return with 14 sex-crazed, drug-fueled, ’80s-infused anthems, from the stampeding opener “Supersonic Sex Machine” to the almost poetic “Just Like […]

Review: Disturbed – The Lost Children

Review: Disturbed – The Lost Children

The Lost Children is a compilation of  B-sides and rarities from Chicago rock veterans Disturbed, and it’s particularly noteworthy since it could be the final release from the band, who are going on “indefinite hiatus.” Fortunately, the record does not disappoint: From start to finish, this is a fascinating glimpse at the parts left on […]

Review: Bobaflex – Hell in My Heart

Review: Bobaflex – Hell in My Heart

Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hard rockers Bobaflex release their impressive fourth album, Hell In My Heart, after a tumultuous four years that saw their former label go bankrupt and the band go through numerous lineup changes. But these trials and tribulations seem to have only made the group stronger. The record opens with a deathbed […]

Review: Cold – Superfiction

Review: Cold – Superfiction

Post-grunge staples Cold release their fifth album, and first in six years, after a three-year hiatus, between 2006 and 2009. And while Superfiction may not mark a totally triumphant return–it’s not nearly as straight-ahead propulsive and catchy as 2003’s meteoric Year of the Spider–the record is a respectable offering from the Jacksonville quintet. Polished and […]

Review: Sister – Hated

Review: Sister – Hated

Combine the crusty hair metal of Mötley Crüe with the attitude and vocals of Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom, and you might begin to understand Swedish glam-sleaze band Sister. Their Metal Blade debut, Hated, is a punk-laced slab of pissed-off hard rock. Like the best the Sunset Strip had to offer in the ’80s, these […]